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Water Quality and Inuit Health: An Examination of Drinking Water Consumption, Perceptions, and Contamination in Rigolet, Canada

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dc.contributor.advisor Harper, Sherilee Wright, Carlee 2017-05-09T21:22:19Z 2017-05-09T21:22:19Z 2017-05 2017-04-25 2017-05-09
dc.description.abstract Canadian Inuit have often reported concerns about the quality of their municipal drinking water. This research took an EcoHealth approach to investigate drinking water perceptions and consumption patterns, as well as drinking water contamination and its potential associations with acute gastrointestinal illness (AGI) in the Inuit community of Rigolet, Canada. Three census cross-sectional surveys (n=226-246) captured data on AGI, drinking water use, and water storage (2012-2014). Bacterial contamination of household drinking water was assessed alongside the 2014 survey. Concerns regarding taste, smell, and colour of tap water were associated with lower odds of consuming tap water. The use of transfer devices (e.g. small bowls or measuring cups) was associated with household water contamination. No water-related risk factors for AGI were identified. Results of this study are intended to inform safe water management practices, as well as contextually appropriate drinking water interventions, risk assessments, and public health messaging in the Arctic. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Indigenous Health Adaptation to Climate Change (IHACC) research project (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC, IDRC); Inuit Traditional Knowledge for Adapting to the Health Effects of Climate Change (IK-Adapt) research project (CIHR); Ontario Veterinary College Scholarship; Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS); Arthur D. Latornell Graduate Scholarship en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Indigenous en_US
dc.subject Arctic en_US
dc.subject drinking water en_US
dc.subject perceptions en_US
dc.subject water contamination en_US
dc.subject acute gastrointestinal illness en_US
dc.subject ecohealth en_US
dc.subject epidemiology en_US
dc.subject water consumption en_US
dc.subject point-of-use en_US
dc.subject waterborne illness en_US
dc.subject enteric illness en_US
dc.subject Inuit health en_US
dc.title Water Quality and Inuit Health: An Examination of Drinking Water Consumption, Perceptions, and Contamination in Rigolet, Canada en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Population Medicine en_US Master of Science en_US Department of Population Medicine en_US
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